The 2014 Japanese anime film “When Marnie Was There”, based on the novel “When Marnie Was There” by author Joan G. Robinson, is facing a sad, and possible true, rumor. This film is said to be Studio Ghibli’s final film as they are taking their longest break from film-making. However, let me tell you the whole story.
After legendary anime filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki departed in late 2013, and followed by declarations made in mid-2014 by Toshio Suzuki (then Studio Ghibli’s General Manager) who said the studio would take a “brief pause” to re-evaluate and restructure, the public opinion has exaggerated the facts, as is often the case, until the current consensus, as of August 2015, is that every thinks that after “When Marnie Was There” the studio will never produce another feature film again.
While Suzuki indeed expressed some concerns about where the company would go in the future, Miyazaki himself, on the other hand, stated, by the end of 2014, that it was not his intention to let people believe that Ghibli would shut down after his departure. As he quoted, “All I did was announce that I would be retiring and not making any more features”.
All I can say is look up Studio Ghibli. You’ll see that Miyazaki, while the most notable of the studio, is but one in a large and talented group of animators and storytellers. I believe that the studio will continue to make great stories such as “When Marnie Was There”, which Miyazaki had no part in I might add. I’m so certain I’m making that a fact…a movie fact.